Jon Moxley Named #1 Wrestler in PWI 2020 Top 500

Jon Moxley tops PWI 500

AEW World Champion Jon Moxley has been named the number #1 wrestler for 2020 in Pro-Wrestling Illustrated top 500 annual list.

Jon Moxley currently holds two championship in 2 different promotions. Moxley reclaimed IWGP United States Championship at NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 14 at the start of the year. Then, he went on to win AEW World Championship at AEW Revolution PPV in February.

Pro-Wrestling Illustrated is celebrating 30 years of its magazine with a special edition this year. Moxley will feature on the cover this year after being ranked as #1 wrestler this year.

This is a special feat for Moxley since he did not even feature on top 10 last time around. He was ranked at #20 in 2019 while his SHIELD teammate Seth Rollins topped the list. Becky Lynch was named at #1 in Women’s list. Moxley has previously featured in top 10 in 2016 and 2017.

WWE’s Adam Cole is second on 2020’s list after carrying the NXT Championship for than a year. Cole was at #18 last year. Former AEW World Champion Chris Jericho, WWE Champion Drew McIntyre and Former IWGP Double Champion Tetsuya Naito complete top 5.

PWI 500 List for 2020 Top 25

WWE has 12 wrestlers in the list, while 5 AEW members make it to top 25. NJPW has 4 names (plus 2 part-timers) while each of ROH, MLW, AJPW and NWA has one name each in top 25. Below is the list of top 25 wrestlers that featured in PWI 500 list for 2020.

RankWrestlerPromotionLast Year’s RankAccomplishments During the Year
1Jon Moxley  AEW, NJPW20AEW World Heavyweight Champion, IWGP United States Champion
2Adam Cole  WWE18NXT Champion
3Chris Jericho  AEWAEW World Heavyweight Champion
4Drew McIntyre  WWE36WWE World Heavyweight Champion
5Tetsuya Naito  NJPW25IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, IWGP Intercontinental Champion
6Kazuchika Okada  NJPW 5IWGP World Heavyweight Champion
7Cody Rhodes  AEW15AEW TNT Champion
8Seth Rollins  WWE1WWE Universal Champion, Monday Night Messaih Gimmick
9Kofi Kingston  WWE4WWE World Heavyweight Champion
10AJ Styles  WWE3WWE United States Champion, WWE Intercontinental Champion
11Keith Lee  WWENXT Champion, NXT North American Champion
12Brock Lesnar  WWEWWE World Heavyweight Champion
13Kenny Omega  AEW8AEW World Tag Team Champion
14Roman Reigns  WWE7
15Nick Aldis  NWA41NWA World Heavyweight Champion
16Bray Wyatt  WWEWWE Universal Champion
17Kota Ibushi  NJPW17NJPW G1 Tournament Winner
18Rush  ROHROH World Heavywieght Champion
19Braun Strowman  WWE27WWE Universal Champion
20Jacob Fatu  MLWMLW World Heavyweight Champion
21Will Ospreay  NJPW10IWGP Junior  Heavyweight Champion
22MJF  AEWUndefeated in Singles Competition
23Aleister Black  WWE 34
24Kento Miyahara  AJPW 24AJPW Triple Crown Heavywieght Champion
Top 25 of Pro-Wrestling Illustrated 500 List of 2020

Previous Winners for PWI Top 500

The previous toppers for PWI annual list of wrestlers include the likes of Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Bret Hart, Triple H, AJ Styles. Among these, only John Cena has topped the list for 3 different years. Bret Hart, Steve Austin, Triple H and Seth Rollins have each topped the list for 2 years.

WrestlerNumber of Times at TopYears
John Cena32006, 2007, 2013
Bret Hart21993, 1994
Stone Cold Steve Austin21998, 1999
Triple H22000, 2009
Seth Rollins22015, 2019
Hulk Hogan11991
Shawn Michaels11996
Dean Malenko11997
Kurt Angle12001
Rob Van Dam12002
Brock Lesnar12003
Chris Benoit12004
Randy Orton12008
AJ Styles12010
The Miz12011
CM Punk12012
Daniel Bryan12014
Roman Reigns12016
Kazuchika Okada12017
Kenny Omega12018
Jon Moxley12020
Toppers of Pro-Wrestling Illustrated Annual Top 500 List

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